Top 10 Women Corporate Leaders in Bangladesh (2023) | Top Female Executives Leaders


Bangladesh is witnessing a transformative shift in its corporate landscape, with women taking on influential leadership roles and breaking barriers in various industries. These pioneering women corporate leaders are proving that gender should never hinder success in the business world. Through their exceptional leadership skills, determination, and innovative thinking, they are reshaping the future of Bangladesh’s economy. So, let’s know about the Top 10 Woman Corporate Leaders in Bangladesh. These leaders are steering financial institutions, conglomerates, and tech firms to new heights, driving growth and sustainability while championing social responsibility. Their success stories serve as powerful inspirations for aspiring women professionals, encouraging them to pursue leadership positions and contribute to the nation’s progress. By embracing gender diversity, Bangladesh’s corporate sector is experiencing greater creativity, resilience, and adaptability. These women leaders are living examples of how diversity at the top echelons of business can foster inclusive decision-making and bring about positive change in society. Their contributions are vital in shaping a brighter and more equitable future for Bangladesh.

Leading Female Executives: Top 10 Women in Bangladesh’s Corporate World

Ms. Simeen Rahman, Transcom’s Group CEO, has three key objectives: driving exponential growth in existing industries, global expansion through Eskayef Pharmaceuticals, and prioritizing technology for future growth. She is also the Managing Director & CEO of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals, a leading pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh present in 29 countries, renowned for being the first to partner with Novo Nordisk for modern pen-fill insulin manufacturing. Additionally, she holds the same roles at Transcom Consumer Products Ltd, PepsiCo’s first snacks franchise globally, and Transcom Distribution Co. Ltd, Bangladesh’s largest distribution company. Ms. Rahman actively oversees various Transcom Group concerns and is an elected member of the Executive Committee at the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka.

Ms. Farzanah Chowdhury ACII (UK), the Chartered Insurer, serves as the Managing Director & CEO of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited (GDIC) – the only non-life insurer in the country with IFC World Bank equity investment, holding the prestigious AAA rating for three consecutive years. As the first female MD and CEO in the financial sector, she is committed to adding value to all aspects of her life. Recognized as a Local SDG Pioneer 2016 by The UN Global Compact, she is renowned for her outstanding work in achieving Gender Equality and Women Empowerment through initiatives like Nibedita, South Asia’s first comprehensive insurance scheme for women. Ms. Chowdhury is actively involved in various prominent roles in national and international organizations, making significant contributions to the insurance industry and beyond.

Humaira Azam has shattered the glass ceiling in Bangladesh’s commercial banking industry by becoming the first female Managing Director & CEO of Trust Bank Limited in 50 years. With an impressive career spanning over three decades, she has held key positions in major banks, driving growth and success. Recognized for her contributions, she received accolades such as the “Woman of Inspiration Award 2020” and “Top Women Bankers Award.” A visionary leader, she has overseen strategic planning, risk management, and policy implementation at Trust Bank. Humaira Azam’s achievements and commitment to excellence have earned her a place among the 300 most influential women in Islamic business and finance.

Ayesha Aziz Khan serves as our Managing Director and CEO, joining our Board on 22 July 2016. She possesses extensive expertise in the country’s power sector, particularly in financial management for power generation companies. Throughout her career, she has led financial management for multiple power projects, holding various positions including Director of Finance Management at Summit Power Limited and Finance Director at Summit Power Limited. Additionally, she was the Group Finance Director of Summit Corporation Limited. Ms Khan is a non-executive director in several companies within the Summit Group and holds memberships in prominent business chambers. She holds degrees in Economics and Business from University College London and an MBA from Columbia University.

With over 26 years of versatile experience, including more than half as a CxO, Zara Jabeen Mahbub is a transformational leader in the United States and Bangladesh. Her expertise spans communications, media relations, public relations, regulatory affairs, marketing, branding, service quality, call center management, business development, and technical coding. Zara’s leadership fosters innovation, creativity, and strategic growth across diverse industries, from banking and ready-made garments to software development and fashion modeling. She holds a BBA from North South University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Data & Analytics Private Limited and Chair of Toru Innovation Hub, she drives impactful solutions for social and economic inclusion. Additionally, she serves as the CIO at Naveed’s Comedy Club, Bangladesh’s first Stand-Up Comedy Club.

Eshita Sharmin has been appointed as the CEO of, with a focus on exploring new markets beyond the capital city. She previously served as the Managing Director of and is one of the few female leaders in the MNC sector of Bangladesh. As a founding member of, she played a crucial role in Marketing when the platform started in 2012. Under her leadership, has achieved numerous accolades, including the Best Employer Brand Award and Brand Leadership Award in 2018. Eshita’s expertise spans product development, branding, media planning, PR, and communication, backed by 14+ years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Business Management. She holds a dual major in Marketing and Human Resource Management from North South University.

Farhana A. Rahman stands out as one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh’s IT industry. Her visionary approach has contributed significantly to the development of talented human resources and immense employment opportunities in the IT sector, aligning with the Digital Bangladesh dream. Over her impressive 14-year career, she has garnered multiple prestigious accolades. Farhana’s business endeavors go beyond mere profits, emphasizing overall socio-economic development. As the founder of UY Systems Ltd, she has played a pivotal role in the software industry’s growth. UY Systems’ VAT management software is recognized among the top five VAT management software companies listed by NBR, and they have developed various software solutions serving global clients.

Ms. Shusmita Anis holds a graduation degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in Graphics Design from San Jose, California, USA. She became a Director of ACI Limited in 2003 and currently serves on the Board as well as the Audit Committee. Since 2012, Ms. Anis has been the Managing Director of ACI Formulations Limited. Her leadership extends to various other companies, as she serves as a Director for ACI Logistics Limited, ACI Foods Limited, ACI Motors Limited, and several other subsidiaries of ACI Group. With her diverse portfolio, Ms. Shusmita Anis is a prominent figure in the business and management landscape.

Tamara Hasan Abed, now Managing Director of BRAC Enterprises, previously Senior Director, assumed her role on August 1, 2019. With vast experience in investment banking, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise spanning two decades, she leads 13 social enterprises, including Aarong and BRAC Dairy. Tamara’s leadership in male-dominated industries inspires women to excel. She is committed to value-based business models, integrating social good, sustainability, and inclusive growth. From corporate finance at Peregrine Capital Ltd to her entrepreneurial ventures, she joined Aarong as General Manager in 2002 and has since driven its growth and expansion. Tamara Abed’s global recognition includes being a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Asia 21 Young Leader.

Ms. Rupali Chowdhury holds an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka, and a Graduation with Honors in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong. Her career began at Ciba Geigy (Bangladesh) Limited as a Brand Manager. In 1990, she joined Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited as Planning Manager and rose through various departments, becoming the Managing Director in 2008. Additionally, she serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Jenson & Nicholson (Bangladesh) Limited and a Director of Berger Becker Bangladesh Limited and Berger Fosroc Limited. Ms. Rupali is the President of FICCI, a Member of the UNICEF Bangladesh Advisory Board, and the President of Bangladesh Paints Manufacturers Association. She also acts as an Independent Director for Linde Bangladesh Limited and Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Limited.

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